HID – Xenon Vs Blue Halogen Bulbs
What is the difference between an HID kit and “Xenon Claimed” Blue Bulbs sold on the market?
High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights have a tube of glass that replaces the filament of traditional halogen light bulbs. The gas is ignited with 20,000 volts and stays illuminated by a constant 12v source that is provided by a ballast which is connected directly to your battery. Cheap xenon-filled halogen bulbs do not use the same technology and are tinted blue to give off a white light. They still have a filament and produce less light output than standard halogen bulbs of the same wattage.
Many halogen bulbs sold on the market will claim they are xenon charged, however this is a marketing scheme. In fact, the so claimed “xenon bulbs” sold on the market through brands such as Lumincs, Nokya and other generics are higher wattage halogen bulbs with blue tinted glass. From our scientific test, these bulbs will yield less output and put your vehicles wiring at a greater risk than the factory bulbs. These fake xenon bulbs also last 1/2 times the normal life of OEM halogen bulbs, putting you in a situation of switching bulbs every few months.
There is another type of halogen bulb myth where they claim to consume 55W but produce 85W of light. These claims are scams and are simply not true. The laws of physics are the laws of physics, there is no way to get 85W of light for 55W of electricity. These tinted bulbs aren’t any better.